Cyber attacks on major pipeline networks triggered panic buying in the U.S.
This Cyber attacks on large pipeline networks In the U.S. Gas shortageThis is due to nervous motives, and the government temporarily suspended the anti-pollution regulations of the three states and the federal capital to ensure supply.
Analysts said hundreds of gas stations in the southeastern part of the country reported running out of fuel as customers queued up to refuel.
Friday’s “ransomware” attack Colony pipeline The company was forced to shut down its entire network, but President Joe Biden’s administration officials urged to remain calm, saying the situation was only temporary.
The colony pipeline transported about 45% of the fuel consumed on the east coast of the country, and the company stated that its goal was Fully resume distribution For the weekend.
inside White houseEnergy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (Jennifer Granholm) said that certain areas “may feel a shortage of supply until Colonial’s services are fully restored.”
Patrick De Haan, an analyst at GasBuddy, a professional website, said that as of Tuesday afternoon, 8.5% of gas stations in North Carolina, 7.7% of gas stations in Virginia, 5.8% of gas stations in Georgia, and Florida. 2.8% of gas stations in the state.
Average price in a country Gallons of gasoline (3.79 liters) He said that its price is $2.97, “the highest level since 2018.”
Some people worry that this disruption will cause prices to rise before the holidays. Anniversary, May 31, the unofficial start of the summer travel season.
To alleviate this situation, the Biden State Government has approved greater flexibility in the transportation of refined oil by road from Sunday.
And on Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a “temporary exemption to ensure that there is sufficient gasoline supply in the affected area until the normal supply in the area can be restored.”
EPA’s measures suspend clean air regulations that require urban use Fuel with additives This can reduce gasoline pollution, but it is also more expensive.
Exemption “is necessary to take steps to reduce or reduce losses” Prevent disruption of gasoline supply to consumers“EPA Administrator Michael Regan explained.
The regulations will come into effect on May 18, covering the capital Washington, as well as the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The Ministry of Transport is also evaluating the release of certain obligations, Convenient for oil transportation on board Start from the Gulf of Mexico and consider the railroad company’s ability to transport more gasoline from the coast to the U.S. inland.
Crude oil prices rose slightly on Tuesday, but the market is generally assured of the prospect of Colonial Pipeline’s full resumption of operations.
The price of North Sea Brent crude oil futures for July delivery on the London International Petroleum Exchange closed at US$68.55 per barrel, up 0.34% or 23 cents from Monday’s closing price.
on new York, US June WTI crude oil futures prices rose 0.55%, or 36 cents, to 65.28 US dollars.
Robbie Fraser of Schneider Electric said: “The weak response to cyberattacks was due to the fact that: “The colonial government stated that it intends to resume operations within a few days, which will limit the impact on prices in the short term. ”